Need seen for hemp processing facilities

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Geoff Whaling, chairman of the National Hemp Association, believes that day is not far off — based on passage of the 2018 federal farm bill, which legalized cultivation of industrial hemp in the U.S.

“The potential is enormous,” said Whaling, also president of the Berks County-based Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council.

However, he worries that there will be a glut of hemp in Pennsylvania — the epicenter of U.S. hemp farming before World War II — more than a small number of processors can take on.

“My fear is what we will do with all of this hemp,” he said, noting that he hopes to see more processing facilities spring up.

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